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(Entry was posted by Jobin John on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, November 1, 2018).

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Hi SEO pros, got a question or could be a silly one but I cannot understand this:

A: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/real-estate-seo…/208978/

and then

B: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/real-estate-seo-tips/

Both have the same content and B uses rel=canonical pointing to A making URL A rank higher in the SERPs. But, why? I think the numbers at the end of the URL A is the News ID number, correct me if I am wrong. But couldn`t this be done with one set of URL. WHy were two pages created and does this have any ranking influence? Alan Bleiweiss

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Jobin John: Jim Munro Would really appreciate if you could add this to the next YouTube episode discussion. Thank you.
  • Jim Munro: We try to make sure that every question is loaded for the weekly HangoutonAir and, if loaded, it will be discussed. I don`t notify them all here as my notification changes the feed order and pushes the new questions down.
  • Dan Thies: There are a lot of reasons why a CMS creates more than one URL for a document. Canonical makes that less of a problem because it lets search engines see both as the same document.“At the end of the day” they’re ranking documents, not URLs.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, November 1, 2018).

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